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July 6, 2007

WPDE NewsChannel 15:  The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination was in Myrtle Beach Friday morning. Rudy Giuliani shook hands, and met about 200 people at a locally owned restaurant.

NewsChannel 15’s Jim Heath asked Giuliani if it was a shock to learn about the indictment of Thomas Ravenel, his former state chairman.

“Sure it came as a shock,” Giuliani said. “It’s a terrible thing when something like that happens to someone. It’s something he’s going to have to answer for. But, you know, it’s one of those things that is highly personal.”

During his last trip to Myrtle Beach in April, Giuliani attended the Pelicans home opener… by his side, State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel… who after his indictment was suspended from office by Governor Mark Sanford.

“He comes from a wonderful family that’s contributed a great deal to South Carolina,” Giuliani commented. “I think everyone knows that in families no matter how big they are, tragedies happen, bad things happen. The most important thing is can they rally around and turn something bad into something good?”

The Ravenel connection may have stopped Giuliani’s momentum in the state. A new American Research poll shows he and John McCain virtually tied at the top of the Republican field, even as McCain struggles to raise campaign cash, and is laying off staff.

Giuliani insists he’s a good choice for Republicans not only in bigger, more socially liberal states, but South Carolina too.

“I cut taxes and I cut the growth of spending,” Giuliani says. “And I cut taxes dramatically. And if you look at all the candidates in the race, Republican and Democrat, I’m the most fiscally conservative.”

Giuliani spent about two hours in Myrtle Beach before leaving for a campaign stop in Georgia.


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  1. July 11, 2007 11:07 AM

    political class, coupled with the distribution charge – not solely possession – suggests that Ravenel was spreading the white wealth around. Governor Mark Sanford seemed apologetic, if not downright hesitant, to expel Ravenel from the South Carolina political administration, saying “These are obviously very serious allegations that we’re constitutionally bound to act upon, and they’ll ultimately be decided by the courts.” So, in other words, had the state constitution not outlined the firing of criminal politicians, he would not necessarily do it. One suggestion I would make is to have the Federal Election Commission look into Mr. Ravenel’s finances because it is not cheap to run for office in a statewide election and the business of selling blow tends to be a profitable one.

  2. You Can Run permalink
    July 16, 2007 9:34 PM

    ..but you can’t hide.

    If Ravenel is convicted of distribution of cocaine, he can serve as much as 20 years in prison. I would say that it is more likely that he will cut a “plea deal” to serve a short amount of time behind bars along with probation.

    If Ravenel cuts a “plea deal”, in other words, “pleads guilty” then the Feds should insist that he roll over on a “Bigger Fish” If he does not roll over, then he should do some serious jail time with the rest of the “Cocaine Distributors”.

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